Michael Bastos Online Writings and Resume

Storytellers Inherit the Future

Aristotle understood that in any society, it’s not the smartest or the brightest people that win the hearts and minds of future generations, it’s the story tellers. In America we can see this more clearly now than in any other time in our history, the bulk of modern American’s get their values and beliefs from the books they read and the movies or TV shows they watch. When the storytelling goes bad in society, the result is decadence. -Aristotle Whether good or bad, what teaches the next ge...

Why Technology Recruiters Fail

If you’ve been a software engineer for a while you’ll know that recruiters are the Nigerian Prince of the technology ecosystem. Most of them send out these massively canned emails through either my GMail account or LinkedIn and in most cases won’t tell me what the job really entails or who the potential employer is. This complex but self defeating formula seems to have been copied by all of them because in most cases they only include anything personal at the top (like my name) and then ask ...

Become the expert you need

I had a Drill Instructor who once told me something very profound, “Son, no one you meet in this life is ever too dumb or stupid to learn or master how to do something, only to be too disinterested or lazy not to follow through with it” – Staff Sergeant Clark In retrospect what he was teaching me was that with enough will and effort I could learn or potentially master any skill set whether that was shooting a weapon with pin point accuracy or learning complex physics or mathematics. Human ...

Putting Science back in Computer Science

When I started as an early Programmer (before I finished high school) I was always worried about knowing every bit of knowledge I could get my hands on. This was the 90’s and Google wasn’t very well-known so searching for answers to programming questions was an all day affair. I was learning Perl then and came from an immigrant family so $50-$100 books were expensive and seemingly outrageous. So much of what I learned in those early days was by trial and error, then I thought that things wou...

WP-Chef now has Redis Deployment

As many of you may have known from my last article titled WordPress + Vagrant + Chef = Magic, I have spent the better part of the last two months migrating over many of my custom WordPress DevOps deployment scripts to WP-Chef, a new github project designed to make it quick and easy to deploy fast, complete and working WordPress installations across a variety of platforms including your local machine (Virtual Box), Amazon Web Services (EC2) and soon Rackspace and VMWare using Vagrant and it’s ...